Dan Floyd, a retired and widowed lawyer, is doing his best to fill his time – attending church, keeping in touch with his two adult sons, and reading up on epidemics.
When he comes down with what seems like garden-variety flu, he amuses himself by studying plagues, both modern-day varieties and the biblical kind. Dan and his sons, one of whom is a doctor, share information and speculate about epidemics. Meanwhile, in the community around him, he begins to hear of people dying from complications brought on by the flu – many of whom attend his church. Dan soon finds himself investigating members of the Starkherz family, three generations of doctors; it seems the Starkherzes were working with the H1N1 influenza virus—the source of the flu epidemic of 1918–1919 – in an attempt to neutralize it. Could their work serve as the source for a twenty-first-century flu pandemic?
In this novel, a retired lawyer works with his sons to discover the source of a deadly influenza epidemic that threatens their lives and the lives of everyone around them.